In his official report on D-Day and the loss of his ship, the USS Corry (DD-463), Lieutenant Commander George D. Hoffman wrote: "It was believed for a long time that the cause of the fatal damage of the ship was a salvo of heavy-caliber projectiles." He continued, "However . . . it is now fully believed that the major damage was due to a mine." But, given the catastrophic suddenness of the destruction, it is not surprising that others differed with their captain's conclusion.
Hoffman's Corry, like her predecessor, Destroyer No. 334, had been named for Lieutenant Commander William Merrill Corry, who suffered fatal burns after being thrown from a crashed JN-4 Jenny on 3 October 1920 and then plunging into the flames to rescue the pilot. For his selfless heroism he earned the Medal of Honor posthumously. The first ship named for him, one of the World War I emergency program flush-deckers, served less than a decade.